Has your work helped to solve practical engineering problems?

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A team of representatives from the RSS and Royal Academy of Engineering are looking for statisticians with experience of working with engineers in solving real-world problems, and who would be willing to get involved with a new initiative aimed at forging improved links between the two disciplines.
 
The initiative aims to improve the collaborative interface between statistics and engineering, from both a professional and educational standpoint – something Valerie Isham, in her recent presidential address, highlighted as a priority for the Society in the coming years.
 
The team would like to compile a list of RSS fellows who would be willing to help with one or more of the following tasks:
 
  • Talk to the engineering department at their particular university (if they are an academic) or their local university (for consultants and industrial statisticians) on the benefits of applying statistics in engineering
     
  • Be willing to ‘buddy-up’ with an engineer at their university to assist with the statistical education of engineering undergraduates. The aim is to try to influence engineering departments to include more – and appropriate – statistical methods, ideas and concepts in their syllabuses
     
  • Be prepared to write up a case study which could be used in teaching, or in talks to local engineering societies.
 
Some useful material, related to what the team is trying to achieve is available from the following sources:
 
  • A paper on useful statistical ideas and methods to teach engineers
     
  • A talk on dimensional analysis in experimental design at the Industry Day conference at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
     
  • A talk by Richard Parry-Jones CBE FREng, on engineering for corporate success.
 
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact either Steven Gilmour (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Tim Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information and background. Both will be at the RSS Conference at Telford, so please feel free to talk to them there if you are attending.
 

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